Writing Politics and the Politics of Writing

In a world increasingly sensitive to the political implications of words and literature and the implication of the politics of the writer, how do we think of political writing, the politics in our writing, and the convergence or separation of our work and our personal politics. How do we walk the fine line between craft and content? When does the politics choke out the craft and narrative? In the case of political writing how might a writer employ satire in writing fiction? 

 

Pre-workshop read: China Dream by Ma Jian. 

Pre-Workshop read: The News of Her Death by Petina Gappah (from short story collection Rotten Row)

 

Optional Pre-Workshop read:

 

The Sellout, by Paul Beaty 

 

Victory Lap, by George Saunders https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/10/05/victory-lap

 

Preworkshop assignment: 600 words max of fiction about any political event or concept or idea, using satire or other device. 

 

Workshop: Read and workshop each other’s stories during sessions. Participants should come ready to share their work and open to receiving direct and frank critique about their work in addition to giving same to others. Half of the workshop will include exercises. So come prepared to write. 

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